Law and Society in China

Law and Society in China

Course dates:
8 August, 2017 to 18 August, 2017
Degree and PhD students €690 / Professionals €990
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Monday, 7 August, 2017
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

General information


Target students
This course is designed to give students practical knowledge about the Chinese legal system. The course is suitable for both law students and students from related disciplines, such as Asian studies, economic sciences, political science and social sciences. Students both with and without prior legal knowledge and study of China are invited to enroll.

This Helsinki Summer School course examines core issues in Chinese law and society. The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a foundation of the legal system of the People’s Republic of China. Students will learn about Chinese legal institutions, society and governance. By attending lectures given by Chinese law experts and discussing selected papers, students will examine how law is functioning in modern China.

Each session will cover a particular topic in an area of Chinese law. Topics to be covered in the course include the sources of law, the roles of the judiciary and other legal institutions, legal reforms, and the development of company law, labour law, criminal law, civil society and human rights in China.

Students will be required to attend teaching sessions, complete required reading and participate in class discussions.

Learning objectives
After completing the course, students will
•have become familiar with current scholarship on Chinese law and society;
•understand the role of law in Chinese society and Chinese legal tradition;
•have gained a general knowledge of important branches of Chinese law, including constitutional law, company law, labour law and foreign investment law, civil society and human rights, etc.



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